Monday, May 3, 2010

Don Draper on Line One...

It's no wonder Mad Men films so much in South Pasadena. Where else can you find mysteriously retro (and undeniably groovy) business names like this one? (Wouldn't it be cool if this place were somehow working with this one?)

I'm sure there is a very respectable, very state-of-the-art company operating here. But allow me to imagine a few IBM Selectric typewriters and teletype machines (and possibly a few shrinking rays and time portals) behind those vintage brick walls.

6 comments:

dbdubya said...

I believe that the occupants haven't discovered the Selectric typewriter yet. There is a row of women typing on manual Royal typwriters. They are busy typing purchase orders for parts for the space program. They are supervisord by a cranky, bald man named Henry who impatiently paces back and forth behind the typists while smoking camel cigarettes. He wears a white, short sleeve shirt and a black tie. Mercury overseas is a supplier to NASA's fledling space program.

Judy Williams said...

And the smell of carbon paper fills the air, as layers of used ones are draped in and over the trash bins.

Myrna, the red headed typist, is worried that the doctor is going to call and say "the rabbit died," which means her boss, Mr. Campbell is going to be a daddy again.

TheChieftess said...

No wonder Mr Campbell is cranky...

San Diego Farmgirl said...

Actually, the real business inside of Mercury Overseas is interesting enough. They're seafood exporters, selecting quality meats in the US and sending them back to Japan. Not sure how Mercury translates to Japanese - seems like you'd want to avoid that word when it comes to seafood.
http://www.hannan.co.jp/english/foreign.html

Mike said...

Where is this place? It's right out of Austin Powers. Great capture .

Laurie said...

Farmgirl, I can't believe you figured out these guys!

Mike, it's on El Centro, west of the train station on the north side.

Until tomorrow, gang!